BYOD driving growth in SMB storage

BYOD driving growth in SMB storage

The rising use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) as an approach for mobile working has become widespread for a number of firms in various industries.

As a result, many businesses have managed to gain a greater level of flexibility in terms of making their workforce more mobile and efficient.

However, it seem that there has been another noticeable trend to emerge from the increased level of adoption of BYOD.

According to IDC, the combination of BYOD and enhanced demand for strict regulatory requirements for data retention, is driving the market for data storage solutions among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The research firm claimed that unit shipments of entry-level business storage increased by 20.3 per cent in the second quarter of the year when compared to the same period 12 months previously.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular systems are dedicated devices capable of accommodating over four drives.

Growth was even faster within the higher end of the market, with IDC reporting a  22.6 per cent rise in the market for storage boxes with five to 12 bays.

Unsurprisingly, IDC analyst Liz Conner told PC World that network-attached storage that enables tablets and smartphones to access shared corporate data more easily were the most popular. .

In a statement, Ms Conner said: "The increased interest in both the entry level and higher-end portion of the personal storage market can be attributed to improved customer awareness of data storage, increased vendor offerings, shifting expectations of data storage, improved marketing/customer education, and average selling prices that more closely align with personal storage than enterprise storage."

IDC also found that hard disk drive (HDD) vendors increased their market share for personal and entry-level storage to 77.6 per cent for the second quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, the firm added that the entry-level business storage market was dominated by the mainstream non-HDD vendors, which carried a 58.8 per cent unit shipment market share.